Themes > Arts > Drawing > Perspective Drawing > Technique Demonstration: One-Point Perspective

You will need:

• scratch paper
• Sanford Mirado pencil
• Pink Pearl eraser
• ruler
• triangle (optional)
• step-by-step handout

During the Renaissance, artists became very interested in making two-dimensional artworks look three-dimensional. They used mathematics and close observation to invent "linear perspective"—a technique that helps artists make things look deep.

## Linear perspective allows artists to trick the eye into seeing depth on a flat surface.

It's easy to draw simple forms in one-point perspective. Here's how!

1. Turn your paper horizontal ("landscape" orientation)

2. Line the end of your ruler up with the side of your page.

Be sure the ruler is straight and flush with the edge of the page or everything will be crooked!

You may prefer using a triangle to draw horizontal and vertical lines. Just make sure it is correctly placed!

3. Draw a horizontal line one or two inches down from top of the page. This is your horizon line.

4. Draw a dot in the middle of your horizon line. This is your vanishing point.

5. Now draw a square or rectangle in the right or left bottom area of your page.

6. Now connect three corners of your rectangle or square to the vanishing point. These are orthogonals.

7. Draw a horizontal line between the top two orthogonals where you want your form to end.

8. Draw a vertical line down from the horizontal line to complete the side.

9. Erase the remaining orthogonals.

10. Add details and experiment!